Madrid: Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the club over a gesture he made after being substituted during their 3-0 win over Celta Vigo this week, the Spanish club said on Thursday. Di Maria appeared to grab his genitals after being whistled by the crowd at the Bernabeu as he was replaced by Gareth Bale with 25 minutes remaining in Monday's tie. (Also read: Xabi Alonso signs two-year contract extension)
But Real Madrid said in a statement on Thursday that an investigation by the club failed to establish any "fault" by the player and he would not be punished. Coach Carlo Ancelotti added that the affair was now "closed" following an apology made by the player.
The Argentine had denied there was any malice intended in the gesture. "I made a normal gesture as I was leaving the field," he told the club's website. "I didn't mean it to be aimed at the fans nor the coach as people are saying. It was a normal gesture that any man would do, especially when you are running."